Section Navigation

Charles C Harrington

Professional Background

Educational Background

A.B., Syracuse University
Ph.D., Harvard University

Scholarly Interests

Human development in social and cultural contexts. The study of Pathmakers: resiliency, resistance, invulnerability and success in at-risk populations. Psychological anthropology and education. Psychoanalytic anthropology.

Selected Publications

Paths to Success: Beating the Odds in American Society (Harvard University Press).

Educational Policy in an Era of Conservative Reform (AMS Press).

Race, Sex, and National Origin: Public Attitudes of Desegregation (AMS Press).

Psychological Anthropology and Education (AMS Press).

ALERTA: A Multicultural, Bilingual Approach to Teaching Young Children. (Addison-Wesley)

A Psychological Anthropology of Depression.  in progress.

principal publications

Published Articles, Chapters and Reviews

1997. "Jackson's Meadows: A Retrospective Foreword" Introduction to Communal Organization and Social Transition. New York: Peter Lang Publishing.

1993. "Making Culture and Making People." Contemporary Psychoanalysis 29(4): 251-271.  Discussion by Mary Lionells.

1990. "Review of Effective Education: A Minority Policy Perspective by C.V. Willie." Teachers College Record 92(1): 150-151.

1990. "Review of Central American Refugees & U.S. High Schools: A Psychosocial Study of Motivation & Achievements by Marcelo M. Suarez-Orozco." American Anthropologist 92(3): 768-769.

1987. (With S.K. Boardman and S.V. Horowitz) "Successful Women" in Larwood, L. & Gutek, B. (eds) Women's Career Development. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications. Pp 66-85.

1986. (With M.R. Barnett and P.V. White) "Education Policy in an Era of Conservative Reform" in Barnett, M.R. & Harrington, C. C. (eds) Educational Policy in an Era of Conservative Reform. New York: AMS Press. Pp vii-xvi.

1985. (With M. R. Barnett) "Perspectives on Desegregation in Public Education" in Barnett, M. R. & Harrington, C. C. (eds) Race, Sex and National Origin: Public Attitudes of Desegregation. New York: AMS Press. Pp ix-xv

1984. (With M. R. Barnett) "Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Equal Education" in Barnett, M. R. and Harrington, C. C. (eds) Readings on Equal Education: 7. New York: AMS Press. Pp ix-xvi.

1982. "Issues from the Issues." Anthropology and Education Quarterly 13(4): 323-346.

1981. "Bilingual Education: A View from 1980." Urban Diversity Series #68, ERIC-CUE. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University.

1980. "Textbooks and Political Socialization" Teaching Political Science 7(4): 481-500.

1978. "Bilingual Education, Social Stratification and Cultural Pluralism." Equal Opportunity Review. Summer: pp 1-14.

1977. "From the Editor" Anthropology and Education 8(3): 192.

1977. "Methods and Issues in Cross-Cultural Research" in Adler, L. (ed) Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences: Issues in Cross-Cultural Research. 285: 89-93.

1976. "Textbooks and Political Socialization: A Multivariate Analysis" I.U.M.E. Report Series #4. Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City.

1976. "Schools & Peers in the Political Socialization of the Urban Poor." Equal Opportunity Review, August: 1-8.

1976. "Psychological Anthropology and Educational Practice." Teachers College Record 78(1): 69-76.

1976. "Behavioral Scientists Comment." Medical Tribune. January 21: 13, 20.

1975. "A Psychological Anthropologist's View of Ethnicity and Schooling." IRCD Bulletin 10(4).

1975. "Review of The Next Generation by J. Ogbu." Teachers College Record 77(1): 136-138.

1973. "Pupils, Peers and Politics" in Burnett, J. and Kimball, S. (eds) Learning and Culture. University of Washington. Pp 131-159.

1973. "Review of Cross-Cultural Studies of Behavior by I. Al-Issa and W. Dennis" American Anthropologist 75(2): 389-390.

1972. (With P. Gumpert) "Intellect and Cultural Deprivation." Teachers College Record 74(2): 261-273.

1972. "Review of Ghetto School by Gerald Levy." American Anthropologist 74(4): 991-992.

1972. (With J.W.M. Whiting) "Socialization Process and Personality" in Hsu, F.L.K. (ed) Psychological Anthropology (2nd Edition). Schenkman. Pp 469-507.

1971. "Review of Soulside by Ulf Hannerz." Teachers College Record 72(3): 471-473.

1971. (With M.W. Adler & N. Adler) "Toward the Learning of Participatory Citizenship." Impact on Instructional Improvements 6(3): 20-23.

1968. "Sexual Differentiation, Socialization, and Some Male Genital Mutilations." American Anthropologist 70(5): 951-956.

1968. "The Myths of Ethnomusicology." American Record Guide, May: 865-868.

1966. (With M.L. Wilkins) "Treating the Social Symptoms of Mental Illness." Hospital and Community Psychiatry 17(3): 136-139.

1963. (with E. Cummings) "Clergyman as Counselor." American Journal of Sociology LXIX(3): 234-243.

ITSF 4012: Cross-cultural studies of learning

Analyses of basic anthropological concepts, with particular reference to the influence of cultures and subcultures on the learning process, to education in multicultural classrooms, and to the relevance of psychological anthropology to educational issues. Four-point enrollment requires attendance at film showings before or after class and additional discussion sessions held at hours to be arranged.

ORLJ 4901: Research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

ITSF 4902: Research Independent Study:International Transcultural

Research Independent Study:International Transcultural

ITSF 5000: Methods of inquiry: Ethnography and participant observation

This course examines the methods of the social sciences as they relate to ethnography and participant observation. The course emphasizes the role of theory, characteristics of various research techniques, and the importance of integrated research design. The course provides opportunities to practice ethnographic research techniques, including developing a research question, designing a study, interviewing, conducting observations, and analyzing data.

ITSF 5013: Psychological anthropology

The concepts, theories, and methods of psychological anthropology. Cross-cultural studies of learning processes. Emphasis on recent work in the field, prob lems of cross-cultural methodology, and the study of socialization.

ITSF 6511: Seminar in psychological anthropology

Permission required. Prerequisite: ITSF 5013. A research seminar focusing on current issues in psychological anthropology.

ORLJ 6901: Advanced research and independent study in social-organizational psychology

ITSF 6910: Studies in anthropology and education

Advanced students may register for intensive individual study of some aspect of their concentration. Registration is only by permission of the instructor under whose guidance the work will be undertaken. Times for individual conferences will be arranged. Enrollment may be for 1 or more points each term, and registration is not limited to one or two terms.

ITSF 6911: Workgroup in psychological anthropology

This workgroup meets every other week to discuss current issues in psychological anthropology. It also discusses and reviews current research and proposals for research of workgroup members, including faculty, alumni, and doctoral students concentrating in psychological anthropology.

Documents & Papers


Download: Behavioral Scientists Comment [PDF]

1978. Equal Opportunity Review. Summer. pp 1-14

Download: Bilingual Education, Social Stratification and Cultural Pluralism [PDF]


Download: Bilingual Education 1980 [PDF]


Download: Clergyman as Counselor [PDF]


Download: From the Editor [PDF]


Download: Perspectives on Desegregation [PDF]


Download: Education Policy [PDF]


Download: Issues from the Issues [PDF]


Download: Jackson's Meadows [PDF]


Download: Discussion: Making Culture [PDF]


Download: Methods and Issues [PDF]


Download: Pupils, Peers and Politics [PDF]


Download: Review of Suares Orozco [PDF]


Download: Review: Al-Issa and Dennis [PDF]


Download: Review of Effective Education [PDF]


Download: Review: Levy [PDF]


Download: Review: Hannerz [PDF]


Download: Review: Ogbu [PDF]


Download: Schools & Peers [PDF]


Download: Successful Women [PDF]